Helping Mom Do Her Job
I was recently asked by a friend who raises dogs – Give me three things I should do to help my mom’s do their job? Great question and this is my response:
- Oxy Mate™ Prenatal vitamins for dogs given for the same reason your mom took them! Switch to Oxy Momma™ three days before birth to stimulate milk production. We want puppies born fighting to live and moms milking from the first day! We can manage away from bottle feeding.
- Fenbendazole dewormer (Labeled for pregnant and nursing moms), use after day 50 gestation for 3 days in a row and go 6 days if you fight Giardia issues in your puppies. Fenbendazole is safe and it gets 5 major parasites. If mom does not give parasites to the puppies we don’t have to get them back out of the puppy!
- Calcium Gel given at the start of labor and any time you feel mom is slowing down. Getting the litter on the ground in less than 12 hours helps with puppy stress and mom’s stress. Slow whelping causes uterine inertia and C-sections on the last few puppies; not desirable and hard on mom. Slow whelping puppies are short of oxygen in birth causing weakness and failure to nurse well. Short of oxygen contributes to fading puppy, we do not want to see that either!
Those are my top three to help mom do her job. You may do more and should add prevention to avoid issues you are seeing in your puppies. It is all about getting puppies on the ground effectively and helping mom recover, nurse the litter and get ready for next cycle. I truly believe if mom is not happy – no one is and we don’t want puppies to pay for our not managing mom!
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Don Bramlage, DVM, Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health
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